jeudi 22 mai 2008

Soundtrack - Assault on Precinct 13 [John Carpenter] [1976]

Title: Assault on Precinct 13
Label: Record Makers
Catalog#: 40897
John Carpenter's 1976 score for Assault on Precinct 13 -- his second feature-length film after 1974's Dark Star -- was composed and recorded on a synthesizer in about three days and features, at most, four overlaid music tracks at a time. Stacked against almost any composer working in mid-1970's, the score's minimalism -- forced upon Carpenter by the funding constraints that also thrust him into the role of composer --- strikes the ear as shockingly modern. Comparisons to early electronic music would be valid, yet Carpenter's score is perhaps best appreciated as an extension of work done by Ennio Morricone for Sergio Leone, or Lalo Schifrin's rock-jazz compositions for Don Siegel, pushed to minimalist extremes. The pulsating beat behind elongated and eerie droning notes, paired with a mournful main melody containing elements from Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song", are a combination that instantly and relentlessly hold your attention. The almost funereal "Julie" echoes Schifrin's "End Title" from the masterful Dirty Harry soundtrack, and even manages to one-up the original inspiration. The music is repetitive and introduces only three major melody themes matched to mood cues, but it is nevertheless effective and sublimely evocative for the 30 minutes found on the CD. It's interesting that Carpenter's simple and subtle music compositions were perhaps more influential on minimalist electronic music than on movie scores of the decades to follow. While continuing to compose music for most of his films, Carpenter expanded his musical interests to include a fuller, more complex composition style that remained instantly recognizable still as his own up to at least 1988's They Live. His 1978 Halloween score would become his best known, but Assault provided the original musical blueprint and remains its equal in elevating a fine, low-budget action film to classic status. Most film composers working today could learn valuable lessons from its simple eloquence.
1. Main Theme2:55
2. Blood Oath1:55
3. Boarding the Bus0:50
4. Street Thunder1:23
5. Precinct 9 Division 131:01
6. Targets2:07
7. Ice Cream Man on Edge1:34
8. Wrong Flavor1:01
9. Discovery1:04
10. Emergency Stopover0:57
11. Lawsons Revenge1:02
12. Sanctuary1:02
13. The Siege0:27
14. Calm0:54
15. Marked for Something1:50
16. Second Wave Part 10:23
17. Second Wave Part 20:27
18. Second Wave Part 30:29
19. The Windows1:59
20. Julie1:50
21. Potatoes0:27
22. Julies Dead2:15
23. Wells Fight1:42
24. To the Basement1:04
25. Last Stand0:27
26. Walking Out1:00
27. End Credits1:57

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